South Prairie man fatally shoots intruder

Staff writerNovember 19, 2013 

A South Prairie man fatally shot an intruder Monday night after the man crashed his car outside the home and assaulted the homeowner, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday.

The 67-year-old homeowner will not be arrested, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment of minor injuries and released several hours later.

The incident started about 11:10 p.m. when the man and his wife heard a crash outside their house in the 25700 block of 164th Street East. A car had careened down their driveway, crashed through their gate and hit several parked cars.

“The 21-year-old driver got out of the vehicle and started banging on doors and breaking house windows,” Troyer said.

The wife locked herself in a bedroom and called 911. Her husband grabbed a handgun and went to investigate.

“The suspect went in the house and punched the homeowner,” Troyer said. “The homeowner fired at least two rounds, killing the intruder inside the residence.”

Detectives said the driver, who has not been identified, did not know the couple, and it’s unclear why he crashed and broke into their home. Marijuana is believed to be involved, but toxicology results were not immediately available, Troyer said.

“His behavior was extremely erratic,” Troyer said.

The wife told KING-5 the intruder never spoke to them, even when her husband asked what he wanted.

“I thought we were dead,” she said.

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